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Smoke from the Up Top Fire is near the Gird Point Lookout. USFS Photo)
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Smoke Increase from Fires – Sept 11

The amount of smoke increased from a couple of burnouts on the Up Top Fire, part of the 41 Complex forest fire in Sapphire Mountains east of Hamilton. The Up Top Fire has been creeping down into Saint Clair Creek and a second contingency fire line has been constructed on private lands to the west of the fire, which is almost 7,000 acres as of Sunday evening

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Where's the smoke coming from? From places like this in the Up Top Fire. (USFS Photo)
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Smoky Is Hazardous to your Health – Sept 8

The air quality in the Bitterroot Valley was "Unhealthy" Thursday Sept 8. The air is measured at a site in downtown Hamilton by the folks at Ravalli County Environmental Health. They expect the unhealthy levels will continue for at least another week, since the weather pattern shows no sign of changing

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The Saddle Fire was pushed by wind to the west. (US Forest Service Photo)
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Saddle Fire Keeps Growing

Idaho's Saddle Fire will soon be Montana's forest fire. The over 600 acre fire is in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness north of Shoup and south of Woods Creek Pass, near a smaller fire - the Stud Fire

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Windy enuff fer ya?

Strong winds with the approach of a cold front caused damage throughout the Bitterroot Valley Tuesday night (7/19). A long-standing Ravalli County Bank sign along US 93 in Hamilton was downed by the storm

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KLYQ File Photo
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More Road Construction In The Valley

The construction season is in full swing throughout the valley. Of course, there's the US 93 project. Then, there's the work over at Middle Burnt Fork, and don't forget the West Side Road west of Hamilton, and the new one-lane section of the Skalkaho Highway, and now

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Dig a hole, fill it in. (KLYQ Photo)
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Victor Struggles Through Construction

Victor has been dealing with major road construction on US 93 for over two years. Though the transformation of the Bitterroot's main highway from 2-lanes to four has been a decades-long project, the Victor area has been especially hard hit

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Looking at the Bitterroot Mountains. (Fullerton Photo)
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